Every four years the US has the opportunity to overthrow the government by electing a new President. Every two years they can do so by electing all new members of the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate.  In each case, an entire branch of of government can change hands, but, thanks to the framers of the Constitution, the government will remain stable.

This is only possible because of the division of the US government into three separate branches.  A citizen who wants to affect change or simply to participate fully in the electoral process, needs to understand this fundamental concept of separation of powers to grasp how the government functions.… Read the rest